Local company Mercury’s Wings brings Shakespeare to life

Mercury’s Wings Theatre Company is proud to present our 14th Independent Gold Coast production of The Tempest.

The Tempest opens in the midst of a storm created by Prospero. It envelopes a ship containing the Queen of Naples, her son, her foolish servants, wise Gonzalo and Prospero’s own brother Antonio.

Prospero is the rightful Duke of Milan. His brother betrayed him, seizing his title and property twelve years earlier. Prospero and his daughter Miranda were put out to sea. Miraculously, they both survived and arrived safely on this island, where Prospero learned to control the magic that he now uses to manipulate everyone on the island.

Also on the island is the sprite Ariel and Caliban, son of the witch Sycorax. Although Prospero at first rescued Ariel and nurtured Caliban, they are both now imprisoned by him and long for freedom.

The survivors from the shipwreck are enchanted by magic, fall in love, drink wine, confront the ugly truth, and at last find redemption, in what is claimed to be Shakespeare’s farewell to the theatre.

The ensemble is ethnically diverse, and use Australian accents, deliberately reflecting our region’s diversity. Caliban, the complex character native to the island, wears chains around his neck, reminiscent of shameful images of Australia’s past, however in our production, he is not Indigenous.

Mercury’s Wings contributes to a distinctive voice from the Gold Coast region; embracing our heritage, celebrating our diversity, and encouraging our youth, using the tools of disciplined theatre technique, creativity, a spirit of openness, professionalism, respect and playfulness.

Founded and supported by internationally trained and experienced artists of excellence, we include and share our work with emerging artists, ensuring a lasting and sustainable legacy.

Wed 23 – Fri 25 May, 10.30am, 7pm
Sat 26 May – 12pm